Low calorie cocktails - Bloody Mary & Gin Tonic

7 Low-Calorie Cocktails

By Sina / Last updated on March 23, 2022 
Sometimes the night out with friends and a self-imposed diet collide most inconveniently. But with low-calorie cocktails and low-calorie highballs, you can bring both these objectives a little closer together.

Alcohol is high in calories. There's no denying that - just look at how many calories scotch has. And after the festive season, or right before summer starts, or on innumerable other occasions, many of us desire to lose a few of the so joyfully acquired extra pounds. So we look for ways to do that as conveniently as possible. In any case, that is what I do.

But don't get me wrong, if you're being super strict with your diet, it is advisable to stay away from alcohol altogether. In that case, water is the magic word. The recipes below are for those who want to consciously pull back a little without completely giving up our guilty pleasures - a good drink in this case.

Because luckily, some spirits and alcoholic beverages have fewer calories than others. And the same goes for mixers, juices, and other cocktail ingredients. So by consciously selecting your drink, you can at least keep your calorie intake at bay.

Skinny Bitch

The Skinny Bitch is the ultimate pick when it comes to low-calorie alcoholic drinks. It consists of only Vodka mixed with soda and a bit of lime juice. You will have a hard time finding a drink with fewer calories than the Skinny Bitch. And even a glass of wine already has about 37kcal/1.5oz.

To make a perfect Vodka soda, you fill up a highball glass with ice, add 1.5oz Vodka, 3oz soda water, 0.75oz lime juice, and one or two lime wheels for garnish. Cheers!

Skinny bitch cocktail

kcal/1.5oz: 30
avg. serving size: 5.25oz
kcal/serving: 105

Mojito

Another classic and a crowd-favorite is the Mojito cocktail. And despite its sweet and sour components, it still is relatively moderate in calories. Also, mint has many health benefits, such as being anti-inflammatory.

For a terrific low-calorie Mojito, you need 2oz White Rum, 1oz lime juice, 0.5oz cane sugar, 15-20 Mojito mint leaves, 4oz Chilled club soda, and one sprig of mint for garnish.

Add ten mint leaves, lime juice, and cane sugar into your shaker and muddle them. Once the sugar is dissolved, add the Rum and ice. Then shake the cocktail for 15 seconds.

Now, fill a glass with crushed ice, add the remaining mint leaves and strain your cocktail into the glass. Fill up with chilled club soda and enjoy.

Mojito low calorie Cocktail

kcal/1.5oz: 40
avg. serving size: 7.5oz
kcal/serving: 200

Skinny Blueberry Spitzer

The Skinny Blueberry is an elegant and refreshing spring or summer cocktail. It is super easy to make, sparkly, sweet, fruity, and still low in calories.

Fill up a long drink glass with ice cubes, add 2.5oz unsweetened blueberry juice, 0.75oz lime juice, and 0.5oz simple syrup. Stir briefly and fill the glass up with 3oz champagne. Add fresh blueberries for garnish.

Skinny Blueberry Spritz cocktail

kcal/1.5oz: 34
avg. serving size: 6.75oz
kcal/serving: 155

Bloody Mary

The Bloody Mary probably is one of the more polarizing cocktails out there. Either you hate it, or you love it. And if you belong to the latter, I have good news for you. The spicy, tomato-based cocktail is a model for cocktails with good nutrition. It's low in calories and high in electrolytes and vitamins.

The list of ingredients for an authentic Bloody Mary is quite long, though:

  • 1.5oz Vodka
  • 2.5oz tomato juice
  • 0.5 oz fresh lemon juice
  • 0.25oz simple syrup
  • 8 drops tabasco sauce
  • four dashes of Worcestershire sauce
  • one pinch of freshly ground black pepper
  • 2 tsp horseradish
  • one celery stalk for garnish

First, muddle pepper in your shaker. Then add Vodka, tomato juice, syrup, lemon juice, tabasco sauce, horseradish, and Worcestershire sauce together with ice. Gently shake or roll for a few seconds, then strain the content into your glass and garnish with the celery stalk.

Bloody Mary cocktails with garnish

kcal/1.5oz: 43
avg. serving size: 5oz
kcal/serving: 142

Gin and Tonic

A Gin and Tonic, of course, is a highball and not an actual cocktail. But it is a safe bet, as you can find it on as good as every bar menu in the world. And the same goes for home bars, as G&T doesn't seem to go out of fashion anytime soon.

Put ice cubes in your glass, and add 1.5oz of your favorite Gin. Top it up with 4.5 oz Tonic water, and add a lime wheel for garnish.

Gin and Tonic low calorie serve

kcal/1.5oz 41
avg. serving size 6oz
kcal/serving 164

Vodka Martini

You can never go wrong with a Martini, not even when you want to pull back with the calories a bit. And this famous, elegant drink is extremely easy to make as it only consists of two ingredients.

All you need is 2.5oz of Vodka and 0.5oz of Dry Vermouth, and the obligatory olive on a pick for garnish. Add Vodka, Vermouth, and ice into a mixing glass and stir until the drink is well-chilled. Then strain into a chilled Martini glass and garnish with the skewered olive.

Vodka Martini with olives

kcal/1.5oz 92
avg. serving size 3oz
kcal/serving 184

Sazerac

The Sazerac is quite a petite, boozy, and unusual cocktail. It combines different types of Whiskey with and Absinthe. And not only the list of ingredients is unique, but also the way of preparing the cocktail is. So it's a pretty extravagant member of the low-calory cocktails.

You need 0.5oz Absinthe, 0.75oz Cognac, 0.75oz Straight Rye Whiskey, 0.5oz Bourbon Whiskey, 0.5oz Simple syrup, three dashes Peychaud's bitter, and one lemon peel used for garnish.

Now rinse your cocktail glass with the Absinthe and fill it with ice before putting it aside for a moment. Then add all other ingredients plus ice into a mixing glass and stir until the content is chilled.

Get your prepared glass and remove the ice and residue from the Absinthe from it. Strain the cocktail into your glass and garnish it with a lemon peel.

Sazerac cocktail

kcal/1.5oz: 120
avg. serving size: 2.5oz
kcal/serving: 200

And just to put things into perspective: A classic Piña Colada has more than 500 calories, a Mai Tai has between 300 and 400 calories, and even a Whiskey Sour adds up to approx. 300kcal/serving.

But then again, all these cocktails are delicious, and no matter which one is on the menu tonight, don't let the calories spoil the experience. Cheers!

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